Are you looking for a way to get rid of your kitchen scraps and garden waste that does not involve throwing them in the trash? Composing is a free, easy, and rewarding way to reduce your waste and improve your garden. Read through our seven-minute guide on at-home composting in Street Scape concrete bins.
Street Scape Concrete Bins:
Street Scape is a South African manufacturer of concrete bins. Street Scape concrete bins keep your space clean, orderly, and beautiful. A Street Scape concrete bin is an excellent choice for your business or at home as they are durable, affordable, and easy to install.
Street Scape concrete bins come in a variety of exposed aggregate finishes. These finishes vary in colour and stone size. It is easy to find a Street Scape concrete bin that will work with the aesthetic of your space.
We produce a wide range of concrete bins designed for different purposes.
Baboon Concrete Bin: a bin with a secure lid to avoid baboons or monkeys scavenging through the bins.
Pyramid Ash Concrete Bin: a bin made specifically to keep cigarette butts and ash from being blown out.
Round 500 Concrete Bin: an open, round bin suitable for throwing away waste.
Round Concrete Bin with Dome Canopy: this bin has a dome-shaped covering to keep waste in the bin.
Round Concrete Bin with Letterbox Canopy: a letterbox-shaped covering to keep waste securely in the bin.
Square 400 Concrete Bin: an open, square bin for throwing away waste.
Square Ash Concrete Bin: a small, square concrete bin that can be filled with sand for cigarette butts.
You normally associate a concrete bin with an urban or city setting. One of the uses for a concrete bin at home is to use it for composting.
Why Choose Concrete Bins for Compositing:
Composting at home is a simple and rewarding process. All you need is organic matter which decomposes, water, and a container. Here are a few reasons why choosing a Street Scape concrete bin is ideally suited for your composting at home.
There are various composting bins on the market which have compartments, taps, and other features. While these composting bins are excellent, they can be expensive and make composting seem more complicated than it is.
Street Scape makes it more accessible for people to compost at home. A Street Scape concrete bin is an affordable alternative to other composting bins on the market. You can find numerous Street Scape concrete bins that will work for your budget.
One Size Does Not Fit All:
Some households have a single, working professional, while others are a rendition of Cheaper by the Dozen. Both are households that will generate food and garden waste but on different scales.
Homes sizes also vary. A four-person family can live in an apartment in a city or on a sprawling farm in the countryside. The space that is available for composting in each household differs.
The Street Scape concrete bins come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making it easy to find a Street Scape concrete bin that will suit your family and household size.
Things Get Messy:
Let us be real, composting is not pretty. As your plant matter and kitchen scraps decompose, they become squelchy and discoloured. Keeping your composting in a concrete bin keeps your compost contained and out of sight. Rows of concrete bins are far more appealing than a pile of rotting organic matter.
Compost heaps also tend to ooze dark liquids from the decomposing matter. This can be unsightly in your home. It can also stain your flooring if you are keeping your compost heap on a solid surface. Keeping your compost in a concrete bin keeps the composting liquids contained and your home aesthetically appealing.
Another downside to an open compost heap is the smell. Your decomposing kitchen scraps and garden waste can emit a foul odour. Keep your home smelling fresh and choose a concrete bin with a lid. At Street Scape, various concrete bin options come with a lid.
Another benefit to choosing a concrete bin with a lid is to keep pests out of your compost. Street Scape concrete bins make composting easy to do in your home whilst keeping your home beautiful and pest-free.
A concrete bin is an excellent composting bin as concrete is strong and durable. The Street Scape concrete bins are suitable for outdoor settings and will not erode from the decomposing matter in your compost.
We have listed what can and cannot be placed into your composting concrete bin.
What to Compost:
These items break down and will turn into compost that will be beneficial for your garden.
- Vegetables, excluding onions.
- Fruits, excluding citrus fruits.
- Shredded newspaper, cardboard, and paper.
- Coffee grounds and filters.
- Plant matter, such as grass clippings, trimmings, leaves, house plants, and mulch.
- Hair and fur,
- Fireplace ashes.
- Sawdust (from non-treated wood).
- Stale bread.
- Plain, cooked pasta and rice.
What Not to Compost:
These items should not be added to your composting concrete bins.
Non-biodegradable Materials: Plastic, glass, metal, aluminium foil, and wood treated with chemicals. These items will never break down.
Printed Papers: Any paper with a coated or glossy print, such as magazines, Christmas cards, or wrapping paper from your birthday.
Fats, Oils, or Grease: Oils will slow down the composting process. The smell may also attract pests to your home.
Baked Products: Your compost concrete bins are on a diet, so they cannot have cakes, biscuits, pies, doughnuts, or any other similar bake product.
Pet Waste: Cat and dog waste cannot be added to your compost heap as this can then become a breeding ground for harmful parasites or diseases. If you herbivore pets, like chickens or rabbits, you can add their waste to your composting concrete bins.
Diseased, Pest-infested or Pesticide Treated Plants: Adding these to your composting concrete bins and then to your garden will spread the disease, pests, or possibly harmful pesticide.
Meat Products: Leftover meat and bones must not be added. These decompose slowly, will begin to smell terrible, and attract maggots or flies.
Dairy Products: These also do not decompose quickly and will attract pests.
Weeds: Weeds are hardy and will most likely root and grow in your compost. If you own a mulcher, mulch the weeds without seeds and then add them to your composting concrete bins.
Benefits of Composting at Home:
Composting in your concrete bin at home has many benefits for you, your garden, and the environment.
The government provides black plastic bags to homes that can be used for domestic waste. You cannot place your garden waste in these bags, and if you do, they will not be collected. For the government waste removal companies to take your garden waste away, you need to purchase blue DSW plastic bags.
The cost of the blue DSW plastic bags is based on the costs associated with the production of the plastic bag, transportation of the garden waste, and disposal of the waste at the licenced Landfill Sites.
By composting at home, you save yourself money as you do not need to purchase blue DSW plastic bags. You also save your local municipality money on collecting and disposing of your garden waste.
Another way composting saves you money is that it reduces your need to purchase fertilisers for your garden. Gardens need nutrients to thrive and fertilising an entire garden can become expensive. Creating your own compost is a free way to add nutrients to your garden soil.
Spoil your Soil:
At-home composting has numerous benefits for your garden’s soil. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the most important nutrients for a healthy and flourishing garden.
Compost that is made up of a variety of decomposed organic matter will be rich in these critical nutrients. Other trace nutrients which are important for healthy soil, such as magnesium and carbon, can be found in compost as well.
Adding compost to your garden soil increases the soil’s ability to retain water. Compost absorbs and retains more water than sandy soil. This keeps the moisture levels consistent in your garden and reduces your need to water your plants. This saves you time and water costs.
Soil that is full of compost is also easier to move and work. This will make it easier for your plant’s roots to spread and thus grow better. It is also easier for you when you go to add more plants to your garden.
Compost also attracts earthworms to your garden. The earthworms then feed on your compost, further breaking it down into beneficial nutrients for your garden. Earthworms also benefit your garden as they help with soil aeration and drainage.
If your garden is already teeming with earthworms, compost is a better alternative to chemical fertilizers. Many chemical fertilizers are fatal for earthworms.
Reduce Household Waste:
Composting your kitchen scraps and garden refuse is an easy way to reduce the waste your household produces. Before you start composting at home, you do not realise how much waste you can generate. Every week you place your black plastic bag on your street kerb and think nothing of it again.
Keeping your kitchen scraps, paper cuttings, and trimmed tree branches aside quickly demonstrates how much treasure is in your trash. You will be astounded at how your black plastic bags shrink once you start composting.
In a world burdened by waste, doing our bit to reduce what we throw away is one small step towards solving the bigger problem.
How To Start Composting at Home:
Composting at home is simple. Follow these basic steps to start reaping the rewards of composting at home.
Choose Your Concrete Bin: Explore the many Street Scape concrete bins and find one which will suit your family size, amount of organic waste you generate, and your home.
Select an Area: Find an area in your home to set up your composting concrete bin. Choose an area that is accessible from your kitchen so that throwing away your kitchen scraps is easy. Make sure that the area is also in full shade, dry, and near a water source.
Green and Brown Layers: Make sure that your composting concrete bin has a maintained level of green and brown composting matter.
Add Water: Maintain a moderate level of moisture in your composting concrete bin to ensure that your plant and kitchen waste decomposes.
Mix: Every few weeks, take a spade and mix the compost around in your concrete bin.
Add to Your Garden: Once your plant and kitchen waste has decomposed, mix the compost into your garden soil.
Use Street Scape concrete bins for easy and rewarding composting at home.